March 29, 1987 |
If you ever find yourself in a room with Father Edson Wood, don't start bragging about your sort-of-famous second cousin. Father Wood might trot out his great-uncle Charlemagne. Don't tell Father Wood that deep in your past someone in the family signed an obscure township ordinance. One of Wood's ancestors, King John, signed the Magna Carta. And 15 of the 25 nobles who signed the document to keep John honest also are on Wood's sequoia-sized family tree. The 40-year-old Augustinian priest's search for his family's past started about four years ago when he was assistant to the president of Catholic University in Washington, D.C. In one of Father Wood's classes was Chris Haley, nephew of Alex Haley of Roots fame, who would tell the most fascinating stories about the work his uncle had done.
May 10, 2013 |
* FAMILY TREE. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO. ANCESTOR worship's all the rage these days. So HBO's newest comedy, "Family Tree," about a man tracing his roots, should have built-in appeal for those not already sold by the name of co-creator Christopher Guest ("Best in Show," "Waiting for Guffman"). A writer, composer, director and actor known for improvisational comedies structured like documentaries (and for being married to Jamie Lee Curtis), Guest, who says the show was inspired by his own ventures into genealogy, boasts an ancestry that's probably more hoity-toity than that of most people scrolling Ancestry.com.
May 15, 1988 |
The writing on the green leaflet was sketchy and shaded in black. It read "Searching for Your Roots," and it sounded almost like a trip through past lives, or an astrological charting of your suns, moons and stars. What it turned out to be was not quite so exotic: a lecture on the basics of genealogical research presented by Shawn Aubitz Wednesday night at the Tacony branch of the Free Library. Aubitz, an archivist with the Philadelphia Branch of the National Archives in Center City, introduced his topic by emphasizing the sometimes insurmountable task of doing what he does.
July 10, 1988 |
As the crowd of people talked, laughed and embraced in Croshaw Park, Oren Davis walked back and forth, snapping pictures. He said he wanted to remember everyone he met that day. That might have seemed a bit unusual - he was at his own family reunion. "Oh, I don't know half of the people here," said Davis. "Our family is so spread apart that some of us barely ever see each other. " Davis, who lives in North Carolina, was just one of 86 members of the Davis clan that had gathered in Wrightstown during the Fourth of July weekend for its first official family reunion.
June 28, 1987 |
When she saw the expressions that came over the faces of the children last Sunday, the sheer fascination they showed, Ann McCay knew that her work had been worth it. A family tree - a scroll bearing nearly 300 names, the product of countless hours of genealogical research in the last four years - was spread the length of a half-dozen picnic tables at Hibernia Park in West Caln Township. It was the centerpiece of a Father's Day gathering of relatives who, until recently, had no idea that one another existed.
May 13, 2013 |
You have to give Christopher Guest credit: When he finds a comedy style that works for him, he sticks with it. Since This Is Spinal Tap in 1984, he has devoted himself to deadpan mockumentaries like Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman , using a loyal troupe of improv-adept actors including Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, and John Michael Higgins. In his new eight-episode series for HBO, Family Tree , premiering at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Guest uses his oft-imitated technique (e.g., The Office and Modern Family )
June 29, 2015 |
Tootsie Iovine-D'Ambrosio turned over a menu the other morning and sat down at her counter to sketch a family tree. A family tree of all the Iovines who work at the Reading Terminal Market. All 17 of them. "Let's see," she said, beginning with her and brother's spot: Tootsie's Salad Express. There's her brother, Tony. Shy Tony, who handles all the books, bills, and worrying. Young Tony, who's learning the ropes from dad. Her daughter Maria, who's as outgoing as her mom, and Maria's adorable little Vinnie.
September 26, 1993 |
Paul Pennypacker's family tree reads like the index of an American history textbook. The Tredyffrin police chief is the descendant of a Pennsylvania governor, a Pennsylvania canal commissioner, two members of the Pennsylvania Legislature, a U.S. senator from Virginia, a Revolutionary War U.S. Army major general, a state treasurer in Tennessee, two Civil War generals, four Civil War colonels, 22 Civil War commissioned officers, and more than 100...
December 27, 1987 |
Is your name Buchman, Kramer, Ziegler or Schwartz? If your name is of German, Polish, Baltic or Russian origin, and if your family came to this country between 1850 and 1914, it's possible that detailed records of your ancestors' immigration to America are yours for the asking in Hamburg, West Germany. The search for clues to your family's roots can personalize a trip to West Germany, making for an interesting adventure that goes beyond the usual European vacation rounds of museums, historic sites and restaurants.
December 16, 2007 |
We were alone above the river, on a tiny slippery path in the Columbia River Gorge. Above us was a steep cliff face that narrowed the sky to a sliver. Across the ravine was an endless cascade of trees that engulfed the mountain range in the distance. But nobody in our group could focus for long on the breathtaking scenery. That's because to the right of the path was nothing but air, a straight drop of several hundred feet. We kept our eyes to the front and clung to the thin cable railing fastened to the rock wall.